Like Manchester United, Real Madrid experienced a shocking defeat in the pre-season friendly against Rangers. Despite taking a very early lead through Rodrygo, Real Madrid were outplayed and second-half goals from Fashion Sakala and Cedric Itten saw the home side take the victory.

 

While this was just Real Madrid’s third match of the summer, after behind-closed-doors workouts against Fuenlabrada and Rayo Vallecano, it’ll be a worry for the Italian that Rangers dominated his side from start to finish,

From the word go, the Rangers applied pressure.

Yet Real Madrid were able to take an eighth-minute lead when a Martin Odegaard-led counter-attack concluded with Rodrygo dinking his way through the Rangers defence and finishing into the bottom corner.

Despite taking the lead, Los Blancos couldn’t take control. Steven Gerrard’s energetic charges launched wave after wave of attack and Ryan Kent was particularly excellent throughout, although he struck the crossbar from just a couple of yards out to let Real Madrid off the hook, while a couple of dangerous Scottish free-kicks ultimately came to nothing.

Rodrygo had another nice dribble and a shot that flew over at the beginning of the second half, before substitute Sergio Arribas – who was on for an ineffective Luka Jovic – headed over from a Marcelo cross early into the second 45 minutes too.

Rangers, though, netted an equalizer at the 55th tick of the clock as Sakala finished powerfully past Lunin, who was helpless this time as his defence was breached once again.

The Scottish side deserved that lead as they’d been on top for most of the game and, even though Miguel Gutierrez struck the post for the visitors after a nice Marcelo pass, things went from bad to worse for Ancelotti’s side as Nacho was sent off for a second yellow in the 75th minute and as Itten then superbly directed a half-volley into the bottom corner for a home lead.

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Good day for the Rangers, but Real Madrid and Carlo Ancelotti such defeats should be a blessing in disguise. Bad starts in the pre-season friendly usually work as the catalyst to restore focus and work on the mistakes. Ancelotti would be alert by now.

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